Landmine Charity MAG Kicks Off Ambitious Poetry Prize Using Social Media

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) Poetry Prize 2009

It’s not often I get the opportunity to combine social media with a worthy cause and so I was rather excited to hear that one of the last attendees on the Social Media Starter Course has joined forces with MAG (Mines Advisory Group), the Manchester landline charity, to kick off an ambitious online poetry competition using social media.

Peter Hartey is behind Poetic Republic, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the poetic arts and humanitarian causes.  Poetic Republic was born out of Poetica, a completely open writing forum based in Central Library, Manchester.

MAG, one of the few international charities based in the North West, is co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for its work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which culminated in the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty – the international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines.

Poetic Republic and MAG have teamed up to offer the MAG Poetry Prize; a platform that invites poets from across the globe to submit their entries into an innovative online competition.

The MAG Poetry Prize is unique in that the poets themselves judge the entries of their fellow participants rather than a panel of judges; it’s a daring example of crowd sourced art.

The prize fund accumulates at the rate of £2 per entry up to a maximum of £10,000 with proceeds going towards mine clearance and development work in countries affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance.

You can keep up with the competition or even enter a poem at Get in soon though; the closing date for the competition is 30th April 2009.

A truly social media effort, you can also get involved via the competition’s Facebook group.  The Poetic Republic homepage also has a neat Poem Randomiser that shows you entries from around the globe.

All this is pretty good stuff from a charity recognized for its bold and worthy work and something I know a few other people interested in the intersection between charity fundraising and social media would be interested in.

This is as good a time as any to let you know that I am offering a hefty 50% discount off the registration fee for the next 5 people to register on the next Social Media Starter Course.  The first 5 people to register before 9th January 2009 and you get to attend for  just £50 + VAT!

Places on the course are limited to just 20 attendees to ensure each person gets as much out of the morning as possible so if that isn’t an example of Christmas cheer, I don’t know what is!

Register now and who knows, the next daring social media campaign announcement on this site might be yours!


Peter Hartey has been in touch to say registrations are already streaming in for the MAG Poetry Prize with entries from 11 countries so far: Malaysia, Australia, USA, Iceland, Nigeria, El Salvador, Pakistan, South Africa, UK, India and Canada.  Will definitely be keeping an eye on this.

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